Courses 2013-2014

ENG 099   Basic Writing  3 credits
Provides students with practice in generating and developing writing about academic topics and preparation for ENG 102 Academic Writing. For students who do not meet the College Level Entry Standards set by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Offered through Extended Studies for an additional fee. Credit does not count toward graduation. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.

ENG 102   Academic Writing  3 credits
Provides students the opportunity to practice strategies for developing writing projects on unfamiliar topics in unfamiliar formats to become more effective and efficient writers. Writers learn to practice strategies for making writing more comprehensible for readers and to use a wide range of writing processes for getting started, developing, organizing, and polishing writing projects. Prerequisites (one of the following): ENG 099; ACT English score of 18 or higher to demonstrate writing proficiency and ACT Reading score of 17 or higher to demonstrate reading proficiency; SAT Critical Reading score of 440 or higher to demonstrate writing proficiency and SAT Critical Reading score of 430 or above to demonstrate reading proficiency; Accuplacer Sentence Skills test score of 95 or higher and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test score of 80 or higher; or combination of ACT, SAT, and Accuplacer scores to fulfill both reading and writing proficiencies.

ENG 102   Honors Academic Writing  3 credits
Offers students the opportunity to learn how to analyze difficult, theoretical texts through collaborative exercises, presentation, and informal and formal writing. Such in-depth analysis is the basis for formal writing projects in the course. The challenging course respects students as beginning scholars, who, though not yet experts, can learn to make important contributions. As such, students employ ideas from the course reading and from discussion as opportunities to question and expand their own perspectives.  Prerequisites (one of the following):  ENG 099; ACT English score of 18 or higher to demonstrate writing proficiency and ACT reading score of 17 or higher to demonstrate reading proficiency; SAT Critical Reading score of 440 or higher to demonstrate writing proficiency and SAT Critical Reading score of 430 or above to demonstrate reading proficiency;  Accuplacer Sentence Skills test score of 95 or higher and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test score of 80 or higher; or combination of ACT, SAT and Accuplacer scores to fulfill both reading and writing proficiencies.

ENG 150   Introduction to Literature  3 credits
An introduction to literature with focus on a specific theme, form, or topic.   Prerequisites (one of the following):  ENG 099; ACT English score of 18 or higher to demonstrate writing proficiency and ACT reading score of 17 or higher to demonstrate reading proficiency; SAT Critical Reading score of 440 or higher to demonstrate writing proficiency and SAT Critical Reading score of 430 or above to demonstrate reading proficiency;  Accuplacer Sentence Skills test score of 95 or higher and Accuplacer Reading Comprehension test score of 80 or higher; or combination of ACT, SAT and Accuplacer scores to fulfill both reading and writing proficiencies; open only to first- and second-year students who have completed fewer than 60 credits.

ENG 197   Special Topics  1-6 credits
A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered.

ENG 205   Introduction to Creative Writing  3 credits
An introduction to the basic techniques of writing fiction and poetry.  Models of each are studied, and students write and share pieces in both of these literary forms.  Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 220   Grammar and the English Language  3 credits
A study of English grammar focusing on standard English.  Students are also introduced to the history of the English language.  Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 230   Environmental Literature: Studies in:  3 credits
A study of environmental literature.  Students analyze the formal and thematic characteristics of the literature.  To inform critical interpretations, students read relevant cultural and environmental theory.  The theme or topic is announced each semester.  Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 237   Women and Literature  3 credits
Critical study of selected topics, themes, or issues about women as they are interpreted in popular and classic literary works. Specific titles to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite:  ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 238   Literary Culture of the American West  3 credits
A study of traditional and nontraditional forms of Western literature, including the multicultural diversity of the region. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 240  Writing Center Workshop  2 credits
Students investigate methods of the writing process and study personal communications of tutoring. Strategies include studying the learning styles of all students. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

ENG 248   Film Arts: Film as Literature/Literature as Film  3 credits
A focus on the development of film and its cultural impact, with special emphasis on the relationship between film as a visual medium and literature as a verbal medium. After examining a selection of short stories and novels and the film adaptations based upon them, students are given the opportunity to write some film criticism of their own. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 250   Critical Approaches to Literature  3 credits
Students study a variety of genres as a basis of learning to write literary analysis. Focus is on an understanding of the varied perspectives from which a text can be approached, and how readers construct meaning based not only upon the text itself, but also the context in which it is studied. The critical approach as well as theme or topic may vary.  Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 254   Formula Fiction  3 credits
A focus on works that adhere to a specific “formula” announced on a rotating basis and selected from such sub-genres as science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, romance, westerns, or horror. Readings explore the relationship of formula to the craft of storytelling. Course may be repeated for credit when taken with a different emphasis. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 255   Ancient World Literature  3 credits
A study of ancient texts and their relation to their own time, and to ours. Since an understanding of these writings is important for reading English literature, the focus of the course is on Western texts central to that tradition. However, students may also read selected works from non-Western cultures in order to give them a taste of the diversity of the ancient world. Works studied may include selections from the Bible (Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament), Homer’s writings, poetry and theatre of Classical Greece, Chinese poetry from the Book of Songs, a selection from the Mahabharata, and Roman poetry, particularly Virgil and Ovid. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 270   Folklore  3 credits
A study of one or more areas of folklore with a focus on American folklore. Possible areas include folksong, folk tales and legends, customs and festivals, dance and drama, proverbs, traditions, beliefs, recipes, and games. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.”

ENG 297   Special Topics  1-6 credits
A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered.

ENG 300   Creative Writing: Fiction  3 credits
Models are studied, and students read and respond to one another’s writing. This course may incorporate narrative theory.  Prerequisite:  ENG 205 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 301   Creative Writing: Poetry  3 credits
Instruction is given on the techniques and terminology of poetry writing. Models are studied, and students read and respond to one another’s writing. Prerequisite: ENG 205 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 303   Environmental Writing  3 credits
A workshop approach to help writers develop a portfolio of essays suitable for publication in outdoor, environmental, and other appropriate magazines. To enhance their essays, writers read and analyze theoretical and published environmental texts. Prerequisite: ENG 205 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 305   Creative Writing: Non-fiction  3 credits
Models are studied, and students  read and respond to one another’s writing. Prerequisite:  ENG 205 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 331   Literature and Ethnicity: Studies in:  3 credits
A focus on United States literatures reflective of specific identities and cultures. Students examine format and thematic characteristics of a particular literature. To enhance critical understanding, students read and analyze relevant theoretical approaches to race, ethnicity, and culture. A specific focus is announced each time the course is taught. Examples include Native American, African American, and Borderlands literature. Course may be repeated once for credit with a different title, but may be counted only once toward the major. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 334   Poetry: Studies in:  3 credits
An in-depth study of poetry as a genre through selections of British, American, and world literature. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 335   Drama: Studies in:  3 credits
An in-depth study of drama as a genre through selections of British, American, and world literature. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 336   Prose: Studies in:  3 credits
A focus on prose fiction, including such genres as short stories, novellas, and novels. Depending upon the instructor’s specific emphasis, examples of any one or more of these genres may be selected for the term. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 337   Women Writers  3 credits
Analysis of the poetry, drama, or fiction of women writers. Emphasis is on 19th century, 20th century, or contemporary writers. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 352   Children’s Literature  2 credits
A survey of traditional and modern literature providing an opportunity to discuss topics such as reader-response theories, critical literacy, objective and subjective criticism, censorship, and the use—or misuse—of literature in primary and middle-level education.

ENG 358   Global Literatures: Studies in:   3 credits
A study of literatures from around the globe that considers the artistry, culture, and diverse social conditions of various countries. A specific focus is announced each time the course is offered. Possible topics may include “Colonialism and Globalization,” “The Sacred Texts,” and “War and Revolution.”  Course may be repeated once for credit with a different title, but may be counted only once toward the major.  Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of  “C.”

ENG 370   Myth and Culture  3 credits
An introduction to the role of myth in literature and in our contemporary world. Examining myth from various perspectives, including the archetypal, the course focuses upon myth as a means for understanding aspects of our society’s cultures. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 371   Literary Theory and Criticism  3 credits
An introduction to some of the primary conversations structuring debates in literary theory and criticism. Students learn to identify central questions, assumptions, and conflicts in theoretical and critical texts.  Students also gain an understanding of the ways that theory and criticism influence their immediate experiences in English courses.  Prerequisites:  ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and at least one 300-level    literature course, or instructor permission.

ENG 372   British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Texts  3 credits
A study of British Literature focusing on the major genres for the Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and Renaissance periods, ending with the Metaphysical poets (800 A.D. to early 1600s). Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 373   British Literature: Milton through the Romantics  3 credits
A study of British works of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay produced from 1660 to 1830. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 374   British Literature: The Victorians to the Present Day  3 credits
A study of British works of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay produced from 1830 to the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 384   American Literature–Early to Civil War   3 credits
An exploration of authors and texts in American literature up to 1865. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 385   American Literature–Civil War to Present  3 credits
An exploration of authors and texts in American literature from 1865 to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 394  Junior Seminar: Studies in:  3 credits
Students comprehensively engage a given topic and the critical conversations pertaining to it.  The research component of the course allows students to participate in and extend scholarly dialogue.  A specific focus is announced each time the course is offered.  Prerequisites:  ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and ENG 371.

ENG 396   Writing Center Assistantship  1-3 credits
Students apply knowledge obtained in ENG 240 in directed field experiences in Writing Center tutoring.  Prerequisite: ENG 240.

ENG 397   Special Topics  1-6 credits
A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered. Course may be repeated once for credit with a different title, but may be counted only once toward the major. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 405   Advanced Writing  3 credits
An opportunity to deepen writing practiced at the junior level, with increased attention to voice and style. This course seeks to develop an awareness of the broader community of writers that includes those with not only similar but also differing writing goals. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and at least two 300-level writing courses.

ENG 445   Literary Magazine Submission and Production  3 credits
Focus alternates between literary magazine submissions and literary magazine production.  Submission discussion includes aesthetics and techniques for revising and polishing work for submission.  During the production focus students participate in the editorial production of a fiction anthology including acquisition and proofreading of manuscripts. Course may be repeated for up to six credits, only three credits of which may count as an elective in the major. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C”; ENG 300, ENG 301, ENG 303, or ENG 305 with a minimum grade of “C”; or instructor permission.

ENG 463   Major British Authors:  3 credits
An in-depth study of selected, significant authors that approaches works from similar or cross-historical periods of British literature. Course may be repeated once for credit when taken with a different emphasis. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade  of “C” and minimum junior standing.

ENG 464   Major American Authors:  3 credits
An in-depth study of selected, significant authors that approaches works from similar or cross-historical periods of American literature. Course may be repeated once for credit when taken with a different emphasis. Prerequisites:  ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and minimum junior standing.

ENG 475   Theories of Reading and Writing Discourse  3 credits
A focus on composition and writing center theory and its practical applications. In addition to taking the course, students work with a faculty member in a lower-division English course or in the writing center in order to implement theoretical material in teaching situations. The course may be repeated twice for credit. Only three credits may count toward a major or minor in English. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

ENG 492   Independent Study  1-6 credits
An opportunity for individual study about topics in English, to be selected by the students, in cooperation with their advisors and with the permission of the regular faculty member supervising the study. A maximum of six credits may count toward a major in English. The course is repeatable until that maximum credit is met. Prerequisites: 12 credits of English; ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 494   Senior Seminar:  Studies in:  3 credits
The Senior Seminar serves as the Standard Major’s capstone experience and focuses on announced thematic topics that allow students to demonstrate competencies developed in the major.  The theme or topic is announced for each spring. Prerequisite: senior standing.

ENG 497   Special Topics  1-6 credits
A study of a particular topic of interest to students of English to be announced each time the course is offered. Course may be repeated once for credit with a different title, but may be counted only once toward the major. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”